At a Republican Party rally in the US state of North Carolina on Saturday former US President Donald Trump called on world leaders to demand China pay “reparations” to “compensate” for the damage caused by Covid. In a brutal attack on China’s Xi Jinping, Mr Trump demanded a massive ten trillion dollar pay packet to cover the economic chaos covid has caused. The ex-President has long spearheaded claims that China is the source of coronavirus and has repeatedly attacked the East Asian powerhouse, famously labelling covid “the China virus”.
The former President said: “The time has come for America and the world to demand reparations and accountability from the Communist Party of China.
“We should all declare within one unified voice that China must pay, they must pay!”
He added: “In addition, all nations should work together to present China a bill for a minimum of ten trillion dollars to compensate for the damage they’ve caused.
“And that is a very low number, the damage is far, far greater than that.”
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The ex-President stressed: “As a first step all countries should collectively cancel all debt they owe to China as a down payment on reparations.”
Mr Trump’s comments come as theories of a possible cover-up by China following the outbreak of coronavirus begin to gain traction.
Speaking on Thursday, Sir Richard Dearlove, who was in charge of MI6 between 1999 and 2004 said evidence of any lab leak that could be the origin of the COVID-19 pandemic will likely have been destroyed by Chinese officials and that Trump’s claims should not have been cast off so quickly.
He also explained how the west had been naive in trusting China’s version of events up to and during the coronavirus pandemic which has brought the planet to a standstill for 15 months now.
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Sir Richard told the Telegraph’s Planet Normal podcast: “We don’t know that’s what’s happened.
“But a lot of data has probably been destroyed or made to disappear so it’s going to be difficult to prove definitely the case for a ‘gain of function chimera’ being the cause of the pandemic.”
He added how China had originally been “let off the hook” on questions about the virus’s origins due to opposition and distrust over claims made by the then Trump administration, which were the first country to begin accusing China of releasing covid to the world.
The former spy chief also hit out at the World Health Organisation (WHO) branding it “a lost cause” following a deeply controversial report on the origin of China which many now understand was heavily “whitewashed” by the Chinese government.
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The WHO visited China in March this year but were strictly monitored and accompanied during the trip.
It was reported that state officials also barred the group from visiting certain sites and facilities during the covid origin investigation.
The final report explained how it was “unlikely” coronavirus originated in a lab or in a wet market in Wuhan.
There have been 173 million cases of coronavirus since the outbreak began last year while an estimated 3.72 million have died from the virus.